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New Mexico State University
Information and resources for
Prospective Students

Qualifying for Admission
Entering Freshmen

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You are eligible for regular admission if you are a graduate of an accredited high school, have met the minimum high school curriculum requirements listed below and meet one of the following GPA (grade point average) or test score requirements:

GPA/Test Score Requirements:

  • High school cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher, or
  • ACT composite score of 21 (990 SAT) or above, or
  • High school cumulative GPA of 2.0 and an ACT score of 20 (950 SAT) or above

All freshman applicants are required to take either the ACT or SAT before final admission is granted.

Provisional Admission

  • Students who meet any of the above GPA or test score requirements but are missing of the required units
  • High School cumulative GPA of 2.25 and 19 ACT (910 SAT) or above with all required units
  • Passing GED battery average score (450 or higher) and 19 ACT (910 SAT) or above

Minimum High School Curriculum Requirements:

Course

Number of Units

English

4 Units*

Science

2 Units**

Mathematics

3 Units***

Foreign Languages or Fine Arts

1 Units

*Must include at least 2 units of composition, one of which must be a junior or senior level course
**Beyond general science
***From Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, trigonometry or advanced math

Provisional Freshman Admission

Students who meet any of the three GPA or test score requirements above, but are missing one of the required minimum high school units, are eligible for provisional admission. Students who have completed all minimum high school unit requirements and have a combination of a 2.25 cumulative high school GPA and a 19 ACT (900 SAT), also are eligible for provisional admission.

Home School Students

Students enrolled in a home school program may be accepted to NMSU if they meet the requirements for regular or provisional admission as previously stated. In addition, the home school educator must submit a transcript or document that lists the courses completed and grades earned by the student.  This transcript or document must also indicate the date the student completed or graduated from the home school program.

ACT and SAT National Test Dates:

Please refer to the ACT website for more information. The ACT NMSU code is: 2638

2013-14 Test Dates Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
September 21, 2013 August 23, 2013 August 24 - September 6, 2013
October 26, 2013 September 27, 2013 September 28-October 11, 2013
December 14, 2013 November 8, 2013 November 9 – 25, 2013
February 8, 2014 January 10, 2014 January 11 – 24, 2014
April 12, 2014 March 7, 2014 March 8 – 21, 2014
June 14, 2014 May 9, 2014 May 10 – 23, 2014

Please refer to the SAT website for more information. The SAT NMSU code is: 4531

2013-14 Test Dates Test Regular Registration Deadline
(postmark/submit by)
October 5, 2013 SAT & Subject Tests September 7, 2013
November 2, 2013 SAT & Subject Tests October 3, 2013
December 7, 2013 SAT & Subject Tests November 7, 2013
January 25, 2014 SAT & Subject Tests January 14, 2014
March 8, 2014 SAT February 7, 2014
May 3, 2014 SAT & Subject Tests April 4, 2014
June 7, 2014 SAT & Subject Tests May 7, 2014

 

 

  • Student Affairs and Enrollment Management: Undergraduate Admissions
  • admissions@nmsu.edu
  • (575) 646-3121 or (800) 662-6678
  • Educational Services Building, Suite A
  • MSC 3A / P.O. Box 30001, Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001